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Holy and Good is the Gift of Desire

Holy and good is the gift of desire

Author: Thomas H. Troeger (1988)
Published in 1 hymnal

Representative Text

1,4 Holy and good is the gift of desire,
God made our bodies for passion and fire,
Intending that love would draw from the flame,
Lives that would shine with God's image and name.

2 God weeps for all people abandoned, abused,
God weeps for the women whose bodies are bruised,
God weeps when the gift that God has infused,
is turned from its purpose and brutally used.

3 God calls to women and God calls to men:
"Don't hide from terror, or terror will win.
I made you for love, but love must begin
by facing the violence without and within."

Author: Thomas H. Troeger

Thomas Troeger (b. 1945), professor of Christian communication at Yale Divinity school, is a well known preacher, poet, and musician. He is a fellow of Silliman College, holds a B.A. from Yale University; B.D. Colgate Rochester Divinity School; S.T. D. Dickinson College, and was awarded an honorary D.D. from Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1970 and the Episcopal Church in 1999, and remains dually aligned with both traditions. Troerger has led conferences and lectures in worship and preaching throughout North America, as well as in Denmark, Holland, Australia, Japan, and Africa. He served as national chaplain to the American Guild of Organists, and for the last three years he has hosted the Season… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Holy and good is the gift of desire
Title: Holy and Good is the Gift of Desire
Author: Thomas H. Troeger (1988)
Publication Date: 1995
Copyright: Words © 1988, 1991 Oxford University Press


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Chalice Hymnal #509

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